The Soul Sessions Tour
- Crystal Ballroom |
- Friday, September 28, 2012
- 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show |
- $40 advance, $40 day of show |
- All ages welcome
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About Joss Stone
Joss Stone has been obsessed with soul music since she was a little girl. By the time she was in her early teens she had begun to intuitively hone her now trademark gravely-but-lustrous vocals by singing along to Aretha's Franklin's Greatest Hits. She began pursuing a singing career at thirteen, securing a record deal at 15, and recording her star-making debut album, The Soul Sessions, which was released in 2003. Ten years on from those stunning sessions, Joss has decided to bring things full circle and revisit where it all began - with her follow up to that multi million-selling debut, The Soul Sessions Vol 2, a stunning exercise in vocal poise, passion and power, showcasing some great songs and an artist at the peak of her vocal powers.
Following her critically acclaimed arrival on the music scene (which preceded the plethora of soul-inspired female artists that came along in her wake) things took off for Joss in an enormous way. Her second record, 2004's Mind Body & Soul capitalized on 'The Soul Sessions' commercial momentum and critical adoration and earned Stone three Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist. It also spawned a self-penned UK Top 10 single, "You Had Me", and earned her two Brit Awards that same year. Her third album, 2007's Introducing Joss Stone, was a more independent, less packaged effort, on which Joss further showcased her songwriting abilities, and revealed the singer had truly been embraced by the American audience when it debuted on the Billboard Top 100 at No.2, marking the highest debut ever for a female British solo artist. With over 11 million album sales to date and a wealth of experience under her belt, 2012 seemed like the right time to return to the Soul Sessions model from a new perspective.
In her short, young life and already long career, Joss has performed onstage with the likes of James Brown, Gladys Knight, Solomon Burke, Blondie, Smokey Robinson and Melissa Etheridge among many others. She's contributed to albums by Jeff Beck and Ringo Starr, played the Super Bowl pre-game show, performed on the Grammys, - and indeed won a Grammy herself. In her twenty-five years she's participated in more moments of absolute musical wonder than most people can hope for in a lifetime. And she's approached it all with a sense of independence and joie de vivre. Stone has always been a bit of a rebel, whether she's dancing barefoot onstage or dyeing her hair various colors or speaking out on issues she's passionate about, part of what her fans love about her is that she's a free-spirit, following her own instincts at all times.
Joss' quest for freedom continued with 2009's Colour Me Free, which she recorded in a week in her mother's club in Devon. "We did not have anything," the singer says with a laugh. "We were bashing in walls to get the equipment in, recording in different rooms. We couldn't hear each other but we had a blast!" That was followed in 2011 by 'LP1,' a collaboration with Dave Stewart and her first release on her label Stone'd Records, on which Joss went for a similar come-what-may approach, but with a little more sophistication. "We recorded in the same amount of time - just a week at a studio in Nashville," the singer says. "But we had everything you could possibly need in the world. Engineers for all the equipment. The right gear. And a fridge for the beer!"
At the same time, she was also recording songs for an album with Super Heavy, a "side project" featuring legendary musicians including Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, A.R. Rahman and Dave Stewart, which came out late last year.
It is this approach to music - intuitive and freeform - merged with the backdrop of nearly a decade of hard-earned experience in the industry - that characterizes the Stone mindset. If she wants to do something badly enough she gets it done, no matter what the obstacles - but only if she's having fun along the way. And she had been thinking for a while that it would be a lot of fun to revisit where it all began and re explore the vibe of the first Soul Sessions album - this time as a fully formed artist, just turned 25, with the life experience now behind her that was, by definition, somewhat limited first time around at 15 years of age. She made a phone call to the man who signed her as a teenager, Steve Greenberg at S-Curve Records, and, as is often the case with Stone, an idea quickly became a reality - this time as a joint venture between the two. The result is a stunning album that showcases an assured artist, comfortable in her skin, and a timely reminder of why we fell in love with Joss Stone in the first place.
About Vintage Trouble
Vintage Trouble formed in 2010 out of the ashes of a few other bands, and not by chance, Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar) teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill. They entered The Bomb Shelter Studio, recorded an album's worth of material in three days, which was intended to be demos and ended up being pressed into CDs. The Bomb Shelter Sessions became Vintage Trouble's first album. Selling it at their gigs was easy and not surprisingly so were the calls to feature their music in several commercial media.
With a unified decision to stay in Los Angeles to build their musical foundation as a band, weekly residences in the area lead to a large assembly of fans in a short amount of time. These fans became known as the "TroubleMakers." It was that underground buzz that lead to legendary manager Doc McGhee taking notice and signing Vintage Trouble to his roster after hearing only a single chorus. Doc's first order of business became breaking the band in England, right away. Their first venture overseas resulted in a similar groundswell with Music Weekly naming them 2011 Breakout Artist of the Year and HMV hailing them as their "Next Big Thing."
Their return to the U.S. and Harvelle's was nothing short of epic, with a line forming down the block before the club even opened. Vintage Trouble felt the homecoming as a true testament to their fans' dedication at spreading the word and sharing their music. The crowd inside was just as amped; young and old, newbies and old faithful, all anticipating the transference of energy from the band to their soles. Vintage Trouble didn't disappoint. The next day the band would be on a plane back to London to appear on Later... with Jools Holland. This performance was one of the most talked about of the year, blowing up Twitter as the 6th most tweeted topic worldwide just hours after the show. The very next day, their self-released debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions entered the charts, becoming the No. 1 "R&B Album" and No. 2 "Rock Album" on Amazon UK-No. 6 on Amazon overall and No. 13 on iTunes, charting in the "UK Top 40" by the time it was officially released in July.
The band went on to play 80 shows in 100 days in front of an estimated 400,000 people throughout the UK and Germany. The next three months brought them an opportunity playing theaters, opening for Brian May's Anthems Tour, and then as the support for Bon Jovi in stadiums and arenas on the UK, Ireland and German legs of the tour, playing to over 200,000 people in just under two weeks-all the while headlining smaller venues, after-hours clubs, and pubs. Guitarist Magazine ran a feature about Nalle, and The Bomb Shelter Sessions was named one of the "Top 25 Guitar Albums of the Year" by Total Guitar Magazine. They won the Classic Rock Award for "Best New Band of 2011"-an honor that German Music Magazine would also bestow upon them.
Things exploded around their penultimate show in Glasgow. The demand for tickets was so great that they were bumped up from a 500 seat venue to play for over 800 freshly converted "TroubleMakers." Ty was invited to front Queen for Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday celebration in London, setting the stage for Vintage Trouble to embark on their third overseas tour, with destinations including Italy, Germany, Paris, Belgium, and the Netherlands. They played Hyde Park Main Stage twice in eight days (The Wireless Festival and Hard Rock Calling). They were featured on Sky News, recorded an MTV The Studio Sessions with Tony Visconti, in addition to 17 live radio sessions throughout the tour, including Radio 2- Janice Long, 6 Music With Craig Charles, Q Radio, BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Scotland.
2012 is proving to be just as busy. In January they sold out The Troubadour in Los Angeles and took up residencies at both The Cosmopolitan and Hard Rock Hotels in Las Vegas. Their first video "Nancy Lee," filmed entirely with an iPhone, won at the Original iPhone Film Fest, not just taking the Music Video category, but the festival's grand prize as well. In February, Google Music selected Vintage Trouble as the featured artist at Sundance where their live performance rocked the film community and they made their first appearance in Rolling Stone. Their too-brief Australian tour included the Sydney Festival and the Australian Film Awards and was met with such an overwhelming response that a return trip is guaranteed sooner rather than later. In March their SXSW showcase in Austin was named "the fourth best live performance of the festival" by Paste Magazine (only behind The Jesus and Mary Chain, Jack White and Bruce Springsteen). To celebrate the official U.S. release of The Bomb Shelter Sessions, Best Buy will feature Vintage Trouble on their TV screens in stores nationwide.
Currently on tour in Canada and the northeastern United States with Van Hunt, they have been invited by KISS to open for them at the 2012 NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament in New Orleans. Looking forward, they'll be back on the East Coast with The Cranberries, and a tour of Germany with Lenny Kravitz is scheduled for summer 2012.
Vintage Trouble's Ty Taylor, Nalle Colt, Richard Danielson and Rick Barrio Dill together form a quartet of sincere musicians whose combination of hard work, talent, and luck are undoubtedly going to take them right where they deserve to be: on our radios, in our cars, our headphones, our televisions, at the venues where we go to see our favorite bands and on the soundtrack of our favorite moments in life. --By Nick FaigenMap & Directions